MS in Health Services and Policy Research Curriculum

The MS in Health Services and Policy Research is a one-year, 30 semester hour program of study. Students are recruited from a variety of academic backgrounds including business, liberal arts, and health professions. As such, there are no pre-requisites required upon admission.

By completing the curriculum, graduates of the MS in Health Services and Policy Research will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze public health policies for specific health issues
  • Demonstrate knowledge of public health policy formulation and research design
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct quantitative research that can estimate the impact of health services or public health policy and practice on health care outcomes


An undergraduate degree is required. The cumulative grade point average should be a minimum of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

MS Degree in Health Services and Policy Research Core Courses

The following course work is required for all MS students. Students are expected to earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat courses to achieve this standard.

HMP:5005Introduction to Health Care Organization & Policy3 s.h.
HMP:5410Health Economics I3 s.h.
HMP:5610Health Policy3 s.h.
HMP:7950Design Issues in Health Services Research3 s.h.
BIOS:4120Introduction to Biostatistics3 s.h.
BIOS:5120Regression Modeling and ANOVA in the Health Sciences3 s.h.
CPH:6100Essentials of Public Health2 s.h.
CPH:7270Principles of Scholarly Integrity: Public Health (taken twice.; once for 0 s.h. and once for 1 s.h.)0-1.s.h.
HMP:6850Independent Study & Research (Research Capstone)3 s.h.
 Elective credits6 s.h.

Summary of Requirements

Required courses24 s.h.
Electives6 s.h.
Total30 s.h.